Tue, Oct 22, 2019
Filmed in 1986/87 in still-divided Berlin, Wim Wenders's "Wings of Desire" is both a utopian fairy tale and a fascinating time capsule of that late Cold War moment. Together with legendary French cinematographer Henri Alekan (who had worked on Jean Cocteau's "La Belle et la Bête" of 1946, among many other films) and Austrian author Peter Handke (with whom he had collaborated before), Wenders created a multilayered filmic poem of dazzling complexity: the skies over Berlin are populated with angels bearing witness to its inhabitants' everyday concerns. One falls in love with a beautiful young woman, a trapeze artist in a traveling circus, and decides to forfeit his immortality. Wenders's groundbreaking film has been hailed as a paean to love, a rumination on the continued presence in Berlin of a troubled German history, as well as an homage to the life-affirming power of the cinematic imagination. Christian Rogowski guides the reader through the film's many aspects, using archival research to bring out new insights into its making and meanings.
Christian Rogowski is a G. Armour Craig Professor in Language and Literature in the Department of German at Amherst College.
This event is cosponsored by the Film & Media Studies program, the Department of German, and the Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Amherst College.
Wed, Oct 23, 2019
In the last 25 years — with the rise of the Web as a publishing platform for both personal and peer-reviewed academic writing — the scope of what ‘writing’ is, and what ‘academic writing’ in particular can be has begun to radically change. Writing is no longer defined as merely linguistic forms of written text, and some disciplines have begun to embrace this conceptual shift by publishing academic writing that uses a broader range of communicative tools, such as audio, video, hyperlinks, and web-based features, to convey a researcher’s scholarly argument. Within the discipline of rhetoric and composition studies, this history can be traced back to the mid-90s through cases of independent online journals, and more recently this work has made inroads to media studies, architecture and design, and interdisciplinary journals. Even more recently, the type of academic writing known as ‘scholarly multimedia’ has been appearing in monograph-length projects at university presses, in many cases—following the tradition of the early independent journals—as free, open-access texts available to any reader with an internet connection. This presentation will trace the history and current examples of this work in digital humanities disciplines to show how academic genres are transformed by valuing multimedia *as* scholarly output, how the longest-running publishing venues for this work espouse academic writing principles at their core, and how these kinds of texts can be taught and evaluated in the classroom and for professional purposes.
Cheryl E. Ball is Director of the Digital Publishing Collaborative at Wayne State University Library, and editor of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy. She is the Project Director for Vega, an open-access multimedia academic publishing platform.
Wine and tapas reception to follow. Childcare will be provided. This talk is part of Open Access Week, in collaboration with the AC Press.
Wed, Oct 30, 2019
Where do we draw the line between spirituality and superstition? What happens when rational minds encounter the supernatural? How does the occult intersect with the scholarly? Alexander George, Professor of Philosophy at Amherst College and professional mind reader, will lead us in a conversation about the history and science of mind reading and the salience of the séance today.
Wed, Nov 6, 2019
Wed, Nov 13, 2019
Ploughshares called "Good Trouble", Joseph O’Neill’s new book of short stories, “Funny and fierce. [. . .] An essential book, full of unexpected bursts of meaning and beauty.” O’Neill also wrote the novels "The Dog", "Netherland", which won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the Kerry Group Irish Fiction Award, "The Breezes", and "This Is the Life". He has also written a family history, "Blood-Dark Track". He lives in New York City and teaches at Bard College.
Wed, Nov 20, 2019
In this CHI dinner party, we will query the notion of gratitude. How is gratitude socially and culturally defined? What are the political stakes of “giving thanks” and why do we express gratitude? How is reciprocity conceptualized in your discipline? What are you thankful for? Faculty and staff from around Amherst will convene around the table for a round-table on the meanings of gratitude. Each guest should be prepared to speak for two to five minutes on the theme of “thanks.”